REVIEW QUESTIONS ON GEMARA AND RASHI
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous daf Bava Basra 57
BAVA BASRA 57 & 58 - dedicated by an admirer of the work of the Dafyomi
Advancement Forum, l'Iluy Nishmas Mrs. Gisela (Golda bas Reb Chaim Yitzchak
Ozer) Turkel, A"H.
(a) How (besides two witnesses attesting to each signature on a Sh'tar) do
Beis-Din verify a Sh'tar?
(b) Why do they not require two witnesses for each signature?
(c) What do Beis-Din do if one of the witnesses is no longer alive?
(a) In a case where one of the signatories on a Sh'tar died, and the
remaining signatories brother came together with another witness to verify
his signature, what did Ravina have in mind to rule? On which case in our
Mishnah was this based?
(b) On what grounds did Rav Ashi object to his intended ruling?
(c) Why is this case different than that of our Mishnah?
(a) Our Mishnah lists things which are or are not subject to a Chazakah.
Rearing an animal or setting-up any kind of oven or a mill are not.
must the Tana be referring to a moveable oven and a hand-mill?
(b) What does the Tana include in his list that are subject to a Chazakah?
(c) Rearing chickens and placing manure in the Chatzer also belong in the
What belongs in the second list that is connected with ...
(d) What is the purpose of the pit or wall?
- ... rearing chickens?
- ... placing manure in the Chatzer?
(a) Which kind of Chazakah are we concerned with here?
(b) According to Rabeinu Chananel, the opening phrase of our Mishnah 'Eilu
Devarim she'Yesh Lahen Chazakah' pertains to the cases listed in the earlier
Mishnahs in the Perek.
To which kind of Chazakah would this then be
(c) In what grounds do we reject Rabeinu Chananel's interpretation of our
(a) We ask why the difference between the Reisha of the Mishnah and the
Seifa, why with a Mechitzah, there is a Chazakah, and without one, there is
Answers to questions
On what mistaken premise is this Kashya based?
(b) What is Ula's initial answer?
(c) How could we have refuted this answer from the Seifa? Which of the cases
there does not acquire by Nechsei ha'Ger?
(d) Rav Sheishes however, presents a more basic rejection of Ula's
Which case ...
- ... acquires by Nechsei ha'Ger, though it does not establish a Chazakah?
- ... establishes a Chazakah, yet it does not acquire by Nechsei ha'Ger?
(a) To resolve the discrepancy between the Reisha of our Mishnah and the
Seifa, Rav Nachman Amar Rabah bar Avuhah establishes the Mishnah when the
one who began to rear animals ... in the Chatzer was one of the partners
who owned the Chatzer.
How does this reconcile the Reisha and the Seifa?
(b) What does the Mishnah in Nedarim say about partners who had declared a
Neder forbidding Hana'ah on each other, entering their shared Chatzer?
(c) What does this prove? Why would this not be prohibited if partners
tended not to fussy on this point?
(d) So Rav Nachman Amar Rabah bar Avuhah amends the previous answer,
restricting it a wood-store behind the house.
How does this answer the
Kashya? What is the difference between the Chatzer and the wood-store behind
(a) Rav Papa establishes both Mishnahs by the actual Chatzer, only he holds
that some people tend to be particular, and others not.
How does he then
resolve the discrepancy? What distinction does he draw between a Chezkas
Karka and Nedarim?
(b) Assuming that the Machzik is forbidden to rear his animals in the
Chatzer (because of Safek Gezel), why do we go le'Kula on behalf of his
partner, to prevent the Machzik from establishing a Chazakah (see Rabeinu
Gershom). Note, that the Lashon of the Rashbam, who seems to fuse these two
conflicting interpretations, is confusing.
(a) According to Ravina, partners tend not to be particular about entering
the Chatzer (and using it casually, like we said at first).
Then how does
he explain the Mishnah in Nedarim? Who will be the author of that Mishnah?
(b) If a storekeeper from whom Reuven is Mudar Hana'ah, sends the latter a
nut or two extra, on what grounds does Rebbi Eliezer forbid him to accept
(c) What do the Rabbanan say?
(a) What is the only thing, according to Rebbi Yochanan quoting Rebbi
B'na'ah, which one partner cannot prevent the other from doing in the
Chatzer? Why is that?
(b) To whom does the Pasuk in Yeshayah "ve'Otzem Einav me'Re'os be'Ra"
(c) Why can this not apply to a case where the person concerned ...
(d) So how do we establish the Pasuk?
- ... could travel by another route?
- ... had no alternative route (according to our current understanding)?
(a) What did Rebbi B'na'ah reply when Rebbi Yochanan asked him to describe a
(b) He also told him that the Talmid-Chacham's table was two-thirds 'Gedil'
and one third uncovered.
- ... undershirt?
- ... cloak?
Which part was covered with a cloth? What purpose
did it serve?
(c) Why did they refer to the tablecloth as 'Gedil'?
(d) What was on the uncovered part of the table?
(a) And what is the function of the ring?
(b) Initially, we reconcile Rebbi B'na'ah, who places the ring on the
outside of the table, with the Beraisa, which places it on the inside, by
establishing his statement when there is a child sitting at table with his
What do we mean by that? How does this answer the Kashya?
(a) Alternatively, both opinions speak when there is no child at the table,
but a waiter serving.
What can expect to find underneath the bed of ...
Who is speaking when there is a waiter, the Tana or
(b) We conclude that both opinions might even be speaking when there is a
Then why does Rebbi B'na'ah place the ring on the
outside? Why is he not afraid that the servant might upset the table by
knocking into the ring?
(c) Why, according to ...
(d) In contrast, how does the table of an Am ha'Aretz look?
- ... the earlier answer, do we display more concern about the waiter knocking the table than the other participants?
- ... the latter answer, do we display more concern about the other participants knocking the table than the waiter?
Answers to questions
- ... a Talmid-Chacham?
- ... an Am ha'Aretz?